Don’t leave your car: University Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department typically sees more preventable auto thefts in cold weather. Leaving a vehicle with the engine running or the key in the ignition is a violation of a city ordinance, police say. Cars are often are stolen when people warm their cars and wait in their homes.
Police warn that they will give citations to offenders. The ordinance applies to any vehicle left on any street and public or private parking lot where the public is allowed.
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Lane closure: The inside lane of East W.T. Harris Boulevard at the intersection of The Plaza will remain closed in both directions until 4 p.m. Jan. 18. The lane closure is for the installation of a storm drainage pipe. Access to driveways will be maintained, and Charlotte Area Transit System services will not be affected.
Niners hoops: The men’s basketball team will play UNC Asheville 7:30-9:30 p.m. Jan. 2, and the women play Coppin State from noon to 2 p.m. at Halton Arena. Student tickets free; call Athletics Ticket Office at 704-687-4949.
Last call for Speedway Christmas: Dec. 30 is the last day the Charlotte Motor Speedway will have its Christmas exhibit open. See 800 displays of more than 3 million lights. 6-10 p.m. The Speedway Christmas Village features a live nativity scene, petting zoo, games and photos with Santa. Tickets $20 per car.
Bizarre litter: Girl Scout Troop 799 took third place in Keep NC Beautiful’s fall “Unusual Litter Contest” for a picture taken when they found a discarded toilet seat and cover. The troop won $50.